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June 26, 2009 | Paul Pringle
Workers at a hospital and two nursing homes in Hollister, Calif., have voted to remain in the Service Employees International Union rather than join a rival group launched by former officers of the giant labor organization. The election was the latest skirmish between the SEIU and the upstart National Union of Healthcare Workers, which has filed election petitions to represent nearly 100,000 employees in California.
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March 13, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
An airline services company at Los Angeles International Airport has won a court victory in a longstanding battle with a labor union fighting to regain its representation of the firm's workers. Aviation Safeguards announced Thursday that U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson threw out a lawsuit filed in July 2012 by several company workers and United Service Workers West, a local of the Service Employees International Union. The case accused company managers of coercing their employees' choice of union representation before a majority of workers voted to terminate an SEIU contract in December 2011.
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June 5, 1990 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Service Employees International Union, Local 102 became the second-largest county workers' union Monday when it merged with the 748-member San Diego County Probation Officers Assn. As a result of the merger, Local 102 represents more than 2,000 county employees, second only to the troubled County Employees Assn., which has about 6,500 members.
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January 21, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON-- Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether teachers and other public employees can be required to pay dues to support a union even if some of them oppose it. Since 1977, the high court has upheld such mandatory union fees, but some justices suggested that they were open to changing course and striking down such the practice as a violation of the 1st Amendment. Justices Anthony M. Kennedy and Samuel A. Alito Jr. repeatedly questioned how the government can force unwilling workers to pay such dues, known as “fair-share” dues.
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January 28, 2009 | Evelyn Larrubia
The leaders of an Oakland union were removed from office Tuesday by their Washington bosses, the culmination of months of fighting over who will represent tens of thousands of home health aides. The Service Employees International Union served the officers of the 150,000-member United Healthcare Workers West with a trusteeship notice Tuesday afternoon. It appointed its executive vice presidents, Eliseo Medina and Dave Regan, as trustees.
BUSINESS
June 24, 2009 | Paul Pringle
For years, the powerful Service Employees International Union has played a lead role in the campaign for a landmark federal law that would allow workers to join a labor organization simply by signing petitions. Now, as part of a high-stakes battle in California, the union is urging federal officials to throw out petitions signed by tens of thousands of its own members who have asked to be represented by a rival upstart group. The David-vs.
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January 20, 2014 | By David G. Savage
The Supreme Court will hear a 1st Amendment case this week involving Chicago-area in-home care providers that could end up dealing a major blow to public-sector labor unions. Illinois, California, Maryland, Connecticut and other states have long used Medicaid funds to pay salaries for in-home care workers to assist disabled adults who otherwise might have to be put in state institutions. The jobs were poorly paid and turnover was high. Over the last decade, more than 20,000 of these workers in Illinois voted to organize and won wage increases by joining the Service Employees International Union.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel of San Diego has signaled that he's prepared to dismiss a bizarre lawsuit filed by Prime Healthcare Services against the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and the Service Employees International Union. In a tentative ruling handed down Thursday, Curiel said he found no merit in Prime's claim that Kaiser and the SEIU had conspired against the Ontario hospital company. Curiel's dismissal is subject to a hearing in his courtroom Friday and a final order to be handed down later.
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December 16, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Putting aside a decade of differences, California's two largest health-care unions, the Service Employees International Union and the California Nurses Assn., announced an agreement to join forces in disputes with the corporate health-care industry. The unions said they would work together to protect staffing levels and oppose health-care cuts during the ongoing state budget crisis.
NEWS
March 16, 1989
Yosemite National Park service workers overwhelmingly turned down the latest contract proposal from Yosemite Park and Curry Co., authorizing their union to call a strike during Easter Week. Spokeswoman Connie Cooper said 91% of the members of Service Employees International Union, Local 752, supported the call for a possible strike Tuesday. The approximately 750 employees seek improved health care benefits and more control over their housing, including the right to choose their own roommates.
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January 20, 2014 | By David G. Savage
The Supreme Court will hear a 1st Amendment case this week involving Chicago-area in-home care providers that could end up dealing a major blow to public-sector labor unions. Illinois, California, Maryland, Connecticut and other states have long used Medicaid funds to pay salaries for in-home care workers to assist disabled adults who otherwise might have to be put in state institutions. The jobs were poorly paid and turnover was high. Over the last decade, more than 20,000 of these workers in Illinois voted to organize and won wage increases by joining the Service Employees International Union.
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December 4, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
Los Angeles County social workers will strike Thursday, the first time county employees have taken to picket lines in more than a decade and a sharp escalation of a contract dispute between the county and its largest union. The strike, which may include up to 3,600 social workers and their supervisors, was called Wednesday night by the Service Employees International Union, Local 721, which represents more than 55,000 county employees who have been working without a contract for more than two months.
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December 4, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
Contract negotiations between Los Angeles County and its largest public employee union hit new lows, with the union declaring an impasse and county leaders preparing for a possible strike by social workers Thursday. Hundreds of administrators in the county's Department of Children and Family Services are preparing to fill in for social workers in the event that as many as 4,000 strike on Thursday, said county spokesman David Sommers. Chief Executive Officer William T Fujioka also sent a memo to all department heads reminding them about pay and discipline policies for employee strikes or sick-outs.
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November 19, 2013 | By Seema Mehta, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
As Los Angeles County and union negotiators bargained in a building on the grounds of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Tuesday evening, more than 100 county workers held a candlelight vigil outside the downtown landmark and called on the county to meet their demands. “Let's make some noise for those upstairs to let them know we're here and we will not be moved,” the Rev. William Smart of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference cried into a bullhorn, addressing members of SEIU 721, the largest public-employee union in the county.
BUSINESS
November 13, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Low wages paid by the fast-food industry come with a high public cost for California taxpayers, academics and advocates for the working poor told state lawmakers. Workers at hamburger, pizza and other, mainly franchise, eateries are paid at near-minimum-wage levels, making them eligible for public assistance that totaled an average of $717 million a year in California from 2007 to 2011. The condition of low-wage fry cooks and sandwich makers was the focus of a joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly labor committees Wednesday.
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November 1, 2013 | By Seema Mehta and Abby Sewell
The fight between labor and Los Angeles County government intensified Friday, when a coalition of unions representing 90,000 workers banded together to fight county efforts to reduce retirement healthcare benefits for future employees. Until now, the disagreement had been limited to one union that represents county workers, SEIU 721, which has been working without a contract for a month. On Friday, several other unions that have already signed contracts with a 6% raise announced that they would be joining the Service Employees International Union local in its fight over healthcare costs.
BUSINESS
March 18, 1998
Kaiser Permanente Group said it has agreed on a new three-year contract with the Service Employees International Union, which represents about 15,000 Kaiser workers in Northern California. SEIU Local 250 includes clerical, technical and maintenance workers, vocational nurses and nurse assistants who work for Oakland-based Kaiser. Members will start voting next week on the contract, which ensures yearly 3% pay raises. Kaiser has been hit with several short strikes by nurses recently.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2007
Tenet Healthcare Corp., the second-biggest U.S. hospital operator, reached wage agreements with the Service Employees International Union on contracts in California, Florida and with the national organization. The terms for separate contracts cover 5,700 SEIU union members at 14 hospitals in California and 2,300 at three institutions in Florida, the Dallas-based company said. The California contracts expire March 11, 2011, and those in Florida expire on different dates in 2010.
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October 28, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan
Ignoring pressure from organized labor, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has decided to retain a top budget official who recommended layoffs and cuts in pension benefits for new hires during the city's fiscal crisis. Miguel Santana, who reports to both the mayor and the City Council, will stay on as chief administrative officer, playing a crucial role in drafting Garcetti's first budget and leading contract talks with unions for thousands of city workers. Santana's approach to balancing the budget has irked union leaders.
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October 16, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - For the second time since August, Gov. Jerry Brown has used his authority to avert a transit strike - appointing a board to investigate the contract dispute between the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District and its union of bus operators and mechanics. The action delays an AC Transit strike that was set for early Thursday, and could have overlapped a potential strike of the Bay Area Rapid Transit commuter rail system. AC Transit carries 181,000 riders on weekdays through the East Bay and provides express bus service to San Francisco.
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